Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was special in everything starting from his childhood going through his youthfulness and reaching his Prophethood. He was special in his appearance, his manners, his dealings, and his priorities. He is unlike anyone, he is the best in everything. That’s why God had chosen him over all humanity to be His seal Messenger and to carry the last and the greatest message ‘ Islam’.
His Childhood & His Youthfulness:
To begin with, the father of the Prophet (PBUH) died before his birth. So the Prophet was born an orphan. After his birth, his family was searching for a woman to breastfeed him. Actually, it was the tradition of the big Arabic families to hire a foster mother from bedouins to breastfeed and raise their sons. So the prophet was taken by his foster mother Halima to be raised among her sons. Muhammad (PBUH) was unlike any child; he was unique. Halima realized his uniqueness as after he entered her house, their life changed for the better.
Moreover, Prophet Muhammad was qualified to bear the responsibility of God’s seal message from a very young age. To illustrate, his father died before his birth and his mother died when he was about 6 years old. Then he was raised in his grandfather’s house who was a man of a great statue and a very wise man. Muhammad (PBUH) used to attend the meetings and discussions of the great people of Koraish, Prophet’s tribe, with his grandfather which contributed greatly to broaden his mind and shape his wise personality.
After the death of his grandfather, Muhammad (PBUH) moved to live with his uncle and he learned to bear his own responsibility which qualified him to be able to bear the burdens of God’s message. As well, at a young age, Muhammad worked in sheepherding which helped him to be patient and bear all hardships and calamities. During these stages, God had qualified him to bear the burdens of His message and to be mercy and light to all humanity.
Muhammad (PBUH) was unlike the youth of his age. He never gambled, never drank alcohol, never committed adultery, and never did any vice. Also, he was known for being truthful and trustworthy. After Gabriel was revealed to Muhammed by God, Muhammad said to lady Khadija, his wife:
… I fear that something may happen to me.” Khadija replied, “Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.”(Hadith) (1)
This shows how Prophet Muhammad was known for his kindness to all people.
Muhammed with Disbelievers:
What a great, and merciful man the Prophet (PBUH) was! The prophet (PBUH) was so tolerant and kind to the people who rejected his message, insisted on disbelieving as well as hurted him and his companions. The prophet wasn’t weak at all but he chose kindness and mercy to call them to Islam. Look to this situation that shows the endless mercy of the Prophet.
Lady Aisha asked the Prophet (PBUH):
Have you encountered a day harder than the day of the battle) of Uhud?” The Prophet (ﷺ) replied, “Your tribes have troubled me a lot, and the worse trouble was the trouble on the day of ‘Aqaba when I presented myself to Ibn `Abd-Yalail bin `Abd-Kulal and he did not respond to my demand. So I departed, overwhelmed with excessive sorrow, and proceeded on, and could not relax till I found myself at Qarnath-Tha-alib where I lifted my head towards the sky to see a cloud shading me unexpectedly. I looked up and saw Gabriel in it. He called me saying, ‘Allah has heard your people’s saying to you, and what they have replied back to you, Allah has sent the Angel of the Mountains to you so that you may order him to do whatever you wish to these people.’ The Angel of the Mountains called and greeted me, and then said, “O Muhammad! Order what you wish. If you like, I will let Al-Akh-Shabain (i.e. two mountains) fall on them.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No but I hope that Allah will let them beget children who will worship Allah Alone, and will worship None besides Him.” (Hadith) (2)
Muhammed with His Companions:
Adding to that, the Prophet (PBUH) was the most supportive man you could find on earth. Despite his hard missions, he cared the most about his companions and his people. He was able to relieve the pain and teach patience. Look to this situation that must melt your heart:
When the Prophet of Allah sat, some of his Companions would sit with him. Among them was a man who had a little son who used to come to him from behind, and he would make him sit in front of him. He (the child) died, and the man stopped attending the circle because it reminded him of his son, and made him feel sad. The Prophet missed him and said: ‘Why do I not see so-and-so?’ They said: O Messenger of Allah, his son whom you saw has died.’
The Prophet met him and asked him about his son, and he told him that he had died. He offered his condolences and said: ‘O son-and-so, which would you like better, to enjoy his company all you life, or to come to any of the gates of Paradise on the Day of Resurrection, and find that he arrived there before you, and he is opening the gate for you?’ he said: ‘O Prophet of Allah! For him to get to the gate of Paradise before me and open it for me is dearer to me.’ He said: ‘You will have that.”‘ (Hadith) (3)
Muhammed with His Wife:
Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) came with the message that honored the woman and gave her all rights from which she was deprived. He (PBUH) advised the nation to deal with the woman kindly and care about her feelings and her needs. The prophet (PBUH) said:
… Act kindly toward women.” (Hadith) (4)
Moreover, the Prophet (PBUH) never felt ashamed to show love for his wives. He (PBUH) said about lady Khadija:
Her love had been nurtured in my heart by Allah Himself.” (Hadith) (5)
Also, It was said:
O Messenger of Allah, which of the people is most beloved to you?’ He said: “Aishah.” (Hadith) (6)
Muhammad with Kids
Furthermore, the Prophet (PBUH) was used to shake hands with children, pray for them, have fun with them and even condole them. Look how the prophet cared to relieve the pain of a kid, Anas said,
The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, visited us. I had a young brother who used the kunya of Abu ‘Umayr. He had a sparrow which he used to play with it and it had died. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, came it and saw that he was sad. He asked, ‘What is wrong with him?’ He was told, ‘His sparrow has died.’ The Prophet said, ‘Abu ‘Umayr, what has happened to the little sparrow?'” (Hadith) (7)
Muhammad with Animals
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was also kind to animals and cared a lot about their feelings. Look to his mercy!
He entered the garden of a man from the Ansar (Helpers). All of a sudden when a Camel saw the Prophet (ﷺ) it wept tenderly producing yearning sound and it eyes flowed. The Prophet (ﷺ) came to it and wiped the temple of its head. So it kept silence.
He then said “Who is the master of this Camel? Whose Camel is this? A young man from the Ansar came and said “This is mine, Apostle of Allaah(ﷺ).” He said “Don’t you fear Allaah about this beast which Allaah has given in your possession. It has complained to me that you keep it hungry and load it heavily which fatigues it.” (Hadith) (8)
To sum up, God has made Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) a special role model for us. He was the patient, merciful teacher, kind husband, and compassionate dad. The Prophet (PBUH) never gave up on his people. He cared about every single person in his nation despite his huge responsibilities. Indeed, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was unlike anyone; he was special in everything. O Prophet, may my mother and father be sacrificed for you! Isn’t it time to follow him and know more about him? Save your life as it deserves.